James Herriot

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Date of Birth October 3, 1916
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Feb 23, 1995 (78)
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James Herriot

James Alfred Wight, known by the pen name James Herriot, was a British veterinary surgeon and writer. Born in Sunderland, England, Wight lived in Glasgow during his childhood and teenage years. After graduating from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1939, Wight moved back to England and was a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales for almost fifty years. He is best known for writing a series of eight books set in the 1930s–1950s Yorkshire Dales about animals and their owners, which began with If Only They Could Talk, first published in 1970. There have been multiple television and film adaptations of Wight's books, including the 1975 film All Creatures Great and Small and the BBC television series of the same name, which ran for a total of 90 episodes.

Born: October 03, 1916, Sunderland, County Durham, England
Died: February 23, 1995, Thirlby, North Yorkshire, England
Pen name: James Herriot
Occupation: Veterinary surgeon, author
Language: English
Nationality: British
Education: RCVS
Alma mater: Glasgow Veterinary College
Period: 1940–1992
Subject: Autobiographical, memoirs
Spouse: Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury (1941–his death)
Children: James Alexander Wight, Rosemary Page
Relatives: James Henry Wight (father), Hannah Bell Wight (mother)
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About James Herriot

English veterinarian and author whose popular works All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful inspired the popular television series All Creatures Great and Small.

Before Fame

He graduated from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1939. Soon thereafter, he set up a veterinary surgery practice in the countryside of Yorkshire, England.


He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Family Life

His real name was James Alfred Wight; he adopted James Herriot as his pen name. Wight (or Herriot) married Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury in 1941. The couple became parents to a son named James and a daughter named Rosemary.


He and astronaut Richard Linnehan both had high-profile careers in veterinary medicine.

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